India's international exhibition and conference on civil aviation, India Aviation 2010, begins here Wednesday.

A Who's Who of aviation sector will be there at the second edition of the expo, jointly organised by the civil aviation ministry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The five-day event (March 3-7) at Begumpet airport features exhibition, conference on civil aviation industry, CEOs Forum, flying display, customer demonstration flights, static display and media conferences.

Over 200 companies will showcase latest global aerospace technology at the event, which offers opportunities for them to do business in India.

Like the first edition held at the same venue in October 2008, giants like Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Bell and Bombardier will display their products and services.

As many as 120 international and 75 Indian companies like service providers, airport infrastructure developers and aircraft manufacturer will participate in the biennial event.

According to FICCI Regional Director Vivek Kodikal, over 40 aircraft will provide static and flying display at the show. Antonov UAC Russia will display its AN-148 passenger aircraft.

The organisers said the event offers huge business opportunities in India as investments are being made to build and renew airport infrastructure to handle the growing air traffic of over 580 million passengers by 2016-17.

The Airport Authority of India proposed to spend of Rs.4,662 crore to modernise 35 non-metro airports to world-class standards. As many as 80 airports will be upgraded while 10 green field airports are also planned.

The government proposed to establish a premier pilot training institute at Gondia, Maharashtra, and will look for entering into joint ventures, said the organisers.

The proposed multi-modal cargo hub, upgrading of training facilities at the Indra Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy at a cost of Rs.24 crore and MRO business also offer huge opportunities to the participating companies.

While the first three days of the event will be exclusively for business visitors, it would be thrown open to public March 6 and 7.

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